I regret that I ever wandered away from this gorgeous pink that instantly brightens up my complexion.
NARS Sheer Lipstick Roman Holiday
I don't suppose NARS wanted to house the Audacious lipsticks in the same plastic case (you know, the whole line being "audacious" and all), but I do wish they came in the same minimalistic case with lighter price tag.
NARS Roman Holiday is a blue-based light pink with semi glossy finish. There is no visible shimmer.
Formula wise, Roman Holiday has a little less slip but is more pigmented compared to Damage (reviewed).
This is actually my second tube. Years ago, I had one and loved it down to a nub. It was my no-brainer-everyday pink lipstick. I think I lost it while I was carrying it in my cosmetic pouch, too.
After a while, I have tried the most popular dupe of this, Revlon Strawberry Shortcake (reviewed). Since there was quite a bit of gap between my first Roman Holiday and Strawberry Shortcake and indeed these two are similar to each other (that is to normal folk's eyes anyway), I thought the Revlon was a good dupe.
But guess what, they are two completely different shades and formulas.
If you are as obsessed as I am about light pink lippies, you can instantly see how different they are.
Roman Holiday is more vivid and cooler shade that has a great livening effect on me. The shimmer in Strawberry Shortcake is almost invisible swatched but it shows up on the lips, so it does not exactly play favorable for my complexion. Both have moisturizing formulas, but in general NARS Sheer Lipsticks feel much lighter on lips and fade more evenly.
Roman Holiday is light enough yet does not wash me out. Gotta love that.
Overall look with NARS Roman Holiday
NARS Roman Holiday is one of the very few lipsticks I have repurchased.
I am very happy that I have this back in my daily rotations and don't want to be without it ever again.
And I just realize it is such a remarkable and rare moment of fidelity in my makeup life.
Makeup Products Used For This Look
Shiseido Sheer And Perfect Foundation (Very Light Ivory)
NARS Sheer Lipstick (Roman Holiday)
L'Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Liner (Black)
Stila Eyeshadow (Barefoot Contessa)
NARS Blush (Sex Fantasy)